Gov't has paid striking KATH consultants - MoH
9/15/2012 1:15:37 PM -
The Ministry of Health (MoH) has served notice that government has fulfilled its part of the bargain by paying the extra duty allowance of consultants of the Komfo Anokye and Korle Bu Teaching Hospitals.
The MoH has therefore called on the striking consultants of KATH to call off their strike that has resulted in some deaths at the hospital.
A press statement issued on Friday evening by the MoH said: 'The MoH has written a cheque payable into the extra duty allowance accounts of the consultants of both Komfo Anokye and Korle bu Teaching hospitals following an emergency Labour Commission meeting with representatives of the Ghana Medical Association (GMA), the MoH and the Fair Wages Commission (FWC) on Wednesday, the 12th of September, 2012.'
It added: 'The MoH, albeit under severe cashflow constraints, has soon after the meeting directed payment. It is therefore expected that the leadership of GMA would implement the third directive of the Labour Commission which is to call off the strike action by the Consultants of KATH and 'immediately resume normal duties.''
'Whilst active steps are being taken to collaborate with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning to ensure that outstanding allowances owed the consultants for the second quarter of 2012 are paid within two weeks as further directed by the NLC, the Ministry is calling on the Consultants to honour their part of the bargain by returning to work
'Indeed, the Government, through the Ministry is working hard in collaboration with the Fair Wages Commission to streamline the current challenges faced by health worker emoluments under the single spine salary arrangement. The Ministry is therefore calling on all stakeholders in the health sector to exercise restraint and not to give up on their patients and country,' the statement added.